Engage | Small Groups

Small groups are a great way to engage in congregational life at ACOC, to meet other believers, and to strengthen your faith. They are an important part of what it means to be a part of our congregation, though we certainly love and welcome visitors.

Our small groups are usually 10-20 people. They typically meet every week for an hour or so, either in someone’s home or at the meetinghouse. Small groups spend time in Bible study, prayer, fellowship, and community service.

We currently have 11 different small groups that meet regularly. Take a look and find one that sounds like you.

Weekly Groups

South Alexandria Small Group – Sunday, 5:00 pm, Kingstown/Rosehill Area

Young families and singles around the Kingstown/Rose Hill area host this group’s meetings each week.  The group studies various Christian topics with different individuals leading each time.  Kids are welcome to this group.
Contact person: David Nesbitt or Devin Smith 

Burgess Small Group – Sunday, 5:00 p.m, Cameron Station Alexandria

This group, open and diverse in membership, takes a deeper dive into Sunday’s lectionary readings, often reviewing Sunday morning’s sermon, to grow Christian community among members.
Contact person: Robert Younger

Sundays @ 5 – Sunday, 5:00 p.m., Old Town Alexandria Area

Topics vary, but discussion most often centers around a book or Bible-based study guide. The format for the group emphasizes discussion, fellowship, and prayer – with a portion of the time allotted to sharing prayer requests. The group is diverse and aims to maintain a supportive community environment for people from all backgrounds at all stages of life. Contact person: April Barbour.

Taylor Small Group – Sunday, 6:00 p.m., Annandale/Fairfax Area

This group is open to everyone and focuses on building stronger relationships between members through fellowship, prayer and Bible study. Kids are welcome to the group.
Contact person: Robin and Justin Taylor

Women’s Bible Study – Tuesday Mornings, 10:30 a.m., Church Building

If you are looking for the support and encouragement of a wonderful group of sisters, join us as we delve into the Bible, seek to grow spiritually, pray together for the group, the church and the world, and encourage each other in our daily walk.
Contact person: Claudia Randolph

Christ Centered Yoga – Wednesday Evening, 6:30 p.m., Church Building

We meet once a week in the lower floor of the meetinghouse to practice easy, slow stretches to better equip our bodies to serve the Lord, as week as a short time of prayer and meditation on God’s word. Bring a yoga mat.  All levels of physical ability are welcome.
Contact person:  Beth Barns

Day 4 (Wednesday Evening), 7:30 p.m., Church Building

Attend this group and expect a deep dive into a book or section of the Bible. The discussion is always interesting, and you’ll come away with a better understanding of scripture – and your brothers and sisters in Christ, too.
Contact person: Chess Cavitt

Young Adult Small Group – Wednesday Evenings @ 7 p.m., Arlington Courthouse Area

This group is for young professionals, both singles and couples, looking to connect and build friendships with people at a similar stage of life. The group meets weekly for fellowship and a faith-focused discussion. The group’s meeting location rotates monthly in the Arlington Courthouse area.
Contact person: Drew Burgett

Monthly Groups

Monthly Reading Circle – Usually the Second Tuesday of the Month, 7:00 p.m. Alexandria Telegraph Road Area.

Members of this group select, read separately and then discuss together books about spiritual matters. The group’s membership is more fluid than other groups, and most of its members also participate in other small groups. Recent books read and discussed by the group include: NT Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God, C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy, and TJ Oord’s The Uncontrolling Love of God.
Contact person: Lloyd Randolph

Friday 1st Fellowship and Study – Every First Friday of the Month, 7:00 p.m. (Except Holiday Weekends), Church Building

Personal growth in Christ does not happen in isolation. This group allows you to be a part of a community within the church community and encourages you to embrace the sufficiency of God’s Word.  For one hour, once a month, bring your “brown bag” to eat and your hungry heart to receive. Together we enjoy studying God’s word, His story, and encouraging one another.
Contact persons:  Ray or Vanessa Hall at fellowship123study@gmail.com

IF | Table Women’s Group – Every Fourth Friday of the Month, 7:00PM, Church Building

Women from all walks of life gathering around a table once a month, with the simple question “If God, then what?”  The group creates a space for women to feel known and provides an environment for conversation about following God and giving Him away.
Contact person: Lara Chapman